Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Minutes - General Meeting April 2, 2015

General Meeting April 2, 2015

Members present – 24

Meeting opened at 7:05 pm by Jim M welcoming all including our guest speaker Wally
Van Dyke of the Algoma Paddlers.

Minutes of the Meeting of January 20, 2015 approved by Angela P and seconded by Gerry R.

Secretary-Treasurer Report
  1. Donna reported all incoming and outgoing funds since our last meeting.
  2. Motion to accept secretary-treasurer report by Astrid T and seconded by Gerry R.

Trail-Master Report
  1. George H stated that Ron T wants to clear 8 trails, 2 of which are in Mississagi Park.
  2. Sign up sheets are available to put your name down for clearing trail-master.
  3. Fridays are still suggested to do trail clearing.
Old Business
  1. Suggestions are needed by members for our clubs imput for Elliot Lake 60th anniversary celebrations.  It will be posted on the blog as to the time we are needed.
  2. There are still signs available for trails but are not to be used on mine property.
  3. A reminder to keep the emergency phone number on your person when hiking on mine property to get the gate unlocked if an emergency should arise 1- 704- 461- 0466.
  4. All hike leaders must keep in mind that not all hikers travel at the same speed.
  5. A reminder that membership dues are to be paid directly to the Soo, and notify Donna when done so she can update the membership list.
  6. When paddle outings are posted on the blog make sure it says “ NOT a sanctioned event”.
  7. Jim requests that the new sign up sheets be used for hikes, which will be then passed to Jim M ( for stats) and then given to Donna to send off to the VTA.
New Business
  1. Volunteers are needed to help organize this years Christmas party on December 3, 2015 at the Moose, contact Sheila H if interested.
  2. Gerry J will be looking after the renewals of hike leaders certificates and also be doing another Hike Leaders course, the date will be announced.
  3. A motion was made by George H to replace the dining tent we use at Mississagi Park with a new one – all were in agreement.
  4. Discussion was made for family hikes to be done on Sundays in the afternoon.
  5. George H suggested that we change the time of winter hikes for the winter months to afternoon due to extreme cold temperatures for morning hikes.
  6. A motion was made by Phil B and seconded by Joyce E to set up a booth on June 20, 2015 for Spring Forward into Wellness, the cost being $ 50.00. It was suggested that we give away a free $ 25.00 membership.
  7. Tentative dates for a combined paddle and hike with a pot luck at Snowbirds Clubhouse after are May 23, 2015 and October 3, 2015. This will be for our club and the Algoma Paddlers.
  8. Jim M had no updates on the Shared Use of Trails Committee.
  9. Sign up sheets are available for Spruce Budworm Study volunteers from mid-May to late July. All participants will received a kit that includes all you will need.
  10. Jim M said we must decide if we are going to use the SPOT.
  11. A sign up sheet is available for a anyone wanting to be involved in Trivia Night at the Curling Club.
Upcoming Events 2015
  1. Highway cleanup will be April/May and Sept/Oct, dates will be announced.
  2. VTA Trail Maintenance Week will be May 11 to May 18, sign up sheets are available.
  3. Our club will be involved with Lumberjack Days at Mississagi Park the long weekend in August; Volunteers will be needed.
  4. Next hike leaders meeting will be April 14, 2015 at the clubhouse at 2:30 pm.
  5. The next general meeting will be May 19, 2015 at the clubhouse at 7 pm.
  6. Sign up sheets are available for trail clearing.
  7. Our annual Christmas party will be December 3, 2015 at the Moose.
  8. Many thanks go to our Winterfest volunteers for another successful family snowshoe.
Guest Speaker

Wally Van Dyke from the Algoma Paddlers gave us a slide presentation of some of their paddling and spoke to us about their activities.
Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:45 by Gerry R and seconded by Astrid T.
Minutes of Meeting prepared by Donna Condon.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Beaver Mountain, April 18, 2015

Commentary by Donna C. Photos by Donna C, Tana F.and Paavo V.
It was a game of  hop, skip and jump over ice, snow and mud for 15 hikers led by Phil as we made our way up the back side of Beaver Mountain.  A relaxing lunch with a lovely view on top before we made our way back down to our cars.  PHOTOS

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Quirke Tailings, April 14, 2015

Commentary and photos by Donna C.
Blue skies and sun made for a perfect day of hiking for 14 of us led by Jim out to Quirke tailings.  We walked the road to the end and back on the north side, had a relaxing lunch before heading back to our cars.  Ivan noticed a beautiful mink near where he was having his lunch, the mink just observed Ivan eating and not sharing his lunch, then made his way along the rocks.  PHOTOS

Sunday, April 12, 2015


A REMINDER FOR ALL HIKE LEADERS that the hike leaders meeting is this coming Tuesday, April 14, 2:30 pm at the clubhouse. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Esten Lake, April 11, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
Who needs to go to Banff for ice walking when we can do it practically in our own backyard??!!  Twelve hikers joined Phill as we navigated our way to the Esten boat launch.  Prudence prevailed and we decided that was far enough! PHOTOS

Thursday, April 09, 2015

***** Hiker Chicks Dinner *****

This months Hiker Chicks dinner will be held on Friday, April 17th, at 5 pm at the Gem Restaurant on Hergott.  Please call Shelley at 705-848-0831 if you would like to attend.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Denison Road, April 7, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
Plans to hike the Denison TMA past the log were scuttled when we discovered it hadn't seen a plow all winter!  Instead, we walked the length of Denison Road and back. The beautiful spring sunshine was enjoyed by all eleven hikers.  PHOTOS

Quirke Tailings, April 6, 2015

Commentary and photos by Gayle R
Gayle and Donna with  help from Don lead 15 hikers on a snowmobile trail around the Quirke Tailings. Conditons were favourable for hiking as ground is still frozen. PHOTOS

Monday, April 06, 2015

***** Science North in Elliot Lake *****

Franco Mariotti from Science North will be doing a presentation about plants and animals in the Oasis of the High Arctic at the Penokean meeting on Monday, April 13.  The Penokean's are inviting guests who wish to enjoy this presentation to join them.  The meeting starts at 7:00 at the Ren Centre and the presentation will probably start around 7:30 pm. 

Nordic TMA, April 4, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
A small group of six hikers set out on a road hike on the Nordic TMA, stopping for lunch just past the dam on the west side of Westner Lake. We came across some very icy sections and though the sun was a welcome sight, the wind was rather cool.  Welcome to new hiker Ginny!  PHOTOS